Program Assistant Interview Questions and Answers

Updated November 18, 2016


How do you measure up to what is expected of you at an interview?

You have to be completely cognizant with the specifics of the work that will be expected of you once you are hired.

Interviewers gauge you on many different levels. How you conduct yourself physically and what you intend to contribute to the company, should all be made clear from your attitude and knowledge.

An individual applying for a program assistant job will be asked some or all of the questions given below:


Program Assistant Interview Questions and Answers

What has been your major accomplishment in a program assistant role in the past?
In 2014, I was able to acquire the entire funding for a project, all through extensive fund development and outreach activities. This is by far my biggest accomplishment as it is rare for one individual to be able to obtain grants for a project that is so vast!

What duties have you performed in the role of a program assistant in the past?
As a program assistant, I have been involved in providing project, communication and administrative support to assigned projects, handling information management work, and playing a lead role in managing funds obtainment activities.

In your opinion, what specific skills does one need to be able to work as a program assistant?
Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, commitment to positive social change, self-motivation, quick response abilities, exceptional organizational skills, detail-orientation, and being technically savvy are just some of the skills that one requires to work at this position.

How important do you think administrative skills are while working as a program assistant?
Program assistants work in many areas and administrative work is one of them. The ability to handle administrative tasks such as maintaining accountability to administrative systems and procedures, managing meetings and presentations, handling calendars and scheduling duties, and tracking departmental work, are all important parts of a program assistant’s work.

As far as data handling is concerned, what has been your experience?
I have been actively involved in data handling procedures, including compiling data from a variety of sources including work orders, budget reports and personnel records. In addition to this, I have experience in maintaining a wide variety of manual and electronic documents, files and records such as board policies, financial records and state reports.

Where do you see your career heading, 5 years from now?
Eventually, I would like to be a program director, bringing in sizeable projects and corresponding funding opportunities to the company that I represent.